Reading Resource at SAES
Hillary R. Billingsley, M.Ed.
We are building a culture of literacy at
South Anna by providing rich opportunities for our students to develop
comprehensive literacy skills that will allow them to become independent and
strategic readers, writers, thinkers, and communicators.
In our classroom instruction, we learn
through whole-group mini-lessons on reading, writing, vocabulary, or
phonics/word study skills. We learn through Interactive Read Alouds in which
authentic mentor texts are used to share and reinforce reading skills and
behaviors. We learn through small group guided reading and writing, in which
students look critically at a text to navigate specific features of text at
a given level of text complexity. We learn through independent reading and
writing time, when students engage in self-selected, independent reading and
writing related to their particular interests.
We foster a love of reading and writing
through authentic literacy experiences for each student. Through classroom
observations and ongoing assessments, teachers, the reading specialist, and
administrators are able to collect information about studentsí strengths and
areas for growth. This information helps to determine instructional
resources that are needed to ensure that students experience optimal growth
through a variety of instructional opportunities. While our literacy
instruction is based on our studentsí needs, all instruction encompasses the
Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs) and Hanover County expectations.
Mrs. Billingsley works with students,
teachers, and families to help students achieve literacy goals and discover
the joy of reading and writing. In addition to working with small groups of
students, Mrs. Billingsley collaborates with teachers and provides resources
and ongoing professional development to support and enrich literacy
instruction in the classroom.
For students who struggle to master the learning objectives and need
additional support, Mrs. Billingsley provides supplementary instruction that
best meets the needs of the students.
Our SOL tutor, Melissa Roberts, is
a former elementary school classroom teacher. She works alongside the
reading specialist to provide supplemental instruction for students, 2-4
days a week. The instruction may be focused on a specific skill, such as
spelling, fluency or writing, or may be a second dose of guided reading.
For the latest reading resource
information, check out
Mrs. B's website!